Passengers stranded at New Milton as South West Trains struggle to find replacement buses

Daily Echo: More than a hundred passengers stranded on train. Reader's photo from the scene. More than a hundred passengers stranded on train. Reader's photo from the scene.

HUNDREDS of rail passengers are stranded on a train at a Hampshire station after flooding closed the line.

Passengers on the train from Weymouth to London Waterloo were heading through the New Forest when their train was turned back near Sway.

They are now stranded at New Milton, and with South West Trains unable to put out any replacement buses, they do not know how long they will be stuck in New Milton.

Passenger Denise Davis says about 150 people are currently stranded at the station.

She says passengers were told the train had to turn around due to flooding as it was going through Sway.

Her and her fellow passengers are now waiting at New Milton, but South West Trains has already said it is unable to provide bus replacement services for passengers on the route.

Denise, who had been aiming to go to London for a Valentine's Day surprise from her boyfriend Andy, said: “It's appalling, there's been no communication and there's no replacement transport. “There should have been more forward planning, they knew how bad the weather was going to be.”

The 39-year-old, from Hamworthy near Poole, said most of the passengers were currently sat on the train to keep warm.

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12:15pm Sat 15 Feb 14

essexmanclone says...

Oh dear! But it is not as if they are out in the sticks. If they use their initiatives then there is a bus service available to take them to Bournemouth or, with a change, even to Southampton.
And it's not SWT's fault that buses are not available or the line is flooded.
Oh dear! But it is not as if they are out in the sticks. If they use their initiatives then there is a bus service available to take them to Bournemouth or, with a change, even to Southampton. And it's not SWT's fault that buses are not available or the line is flooded. essexmanclone
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